Town officials formally dedicated Chapel Hill's first dog park Saturday, though it will close today for a two-month renovation process.
The dedication marked the official opening of the dog park at Homestead Park off Airport Road, where dogs are free to run without leashes in one acre of fenced-in land.
Kathryn Spatz, director of Carrboro Recreation Department, said the dog park committee plans to hold a bigger, less formal event in the spring to advertise the new facility.
"Next spring, after we finish turf renovations, we're going to have a big event and invite veterinarians and the humane society," Spatz said. "But it'll be a casual event so that the public can really get involved."
Nancy Chao, a Chapel Hill resident who attended the ceremony, said though she does not have a dog, she came to the dedication with her husband and children in support of the facility.
"We wish that they had advertised more because we only learned about it (Friday)," Chao said. "It's nice that people without dogs can enjoy it here, too."